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Sunday column: About Jamie

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

ORLANDO, Fla. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Sunday column is about Jamie Dixon. Because that’s what Pitt basketball is about, and that’s what the discussion is always about after the NCAA Tournament. As it should be.

The game story, by beat man Kevin Gorman.

So long, seniors, by Gorman.

The Gators’ Scottie Wilbekin is really good, by Greg Auman.

Here’s some of my talk about the future with Durand Johnson

And some of what Cam Wright had to say …

Random blogginess from the scene: xxxx

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pitt page.

Here’s Chris Horner’s photo gallery from the scene.

Here’s Florida news from the Gainesville Sun.

Here’s the NCAA’s official March Madness page.

I’m headed home after being stuck in Florida a whole lot longer than originally expected. The next column will be Thursday, and I’m fairly certain it will involve vulcanized rubber.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. I also share the frustrations feel about failing to make the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth straight time, but before everyone starts shouting for Coach Dixon’s head, may I remind them of the soap.opera that surrounded the firing of Pitt football coach Dave Wamstadt and the search for his successor before they finally hit on Paul Chryst?

  2. Jim S. says:

    Pitt might be able to do better than Jamie. Maybe someone can come in and recruit better. Someone might be able to come in and coach better, too. Maybe Sean Miller is that guy, as a lot of people would like it to be. But, I think Sean kind of likes all of the talent available to him out west. He seems to be doing pretty well.

    To me, one thing is certain. If someone is able to come in and take this program to an even higher level, it will only be possible because of the foundation Jamie has built. I’ll take more of what Jamie has brought to Pitt over the last decade or so because I know Pitt can do a lot worse. I saw that my whole life before Jamie showed up.

  3. Jim S. says:

    Congrats to New Castle, its players and its fans! Undefeated champions! Enjoy!

  4. Aaron says:

    The only issue I have with this article is the labeling of Patterson as a “big time” player. In regards to Pitt, okay I am okay with that. However, if the descriptive “big time” is going to include all of college basketball then I can’t put that label on Patterson.

    I think Patterson is a very good player and was Pitt’s best player this year, but if we are going to compare him to players like Parker, Wilbekin, Ennis, et al then he simply does not fit the bill of a “big time” player than can take a game over against a top-caliber opponent, create his own shots whenever he desires, and control the game.

    With all of that being said and for all of the complaining about Dixon, Pitt is a good program evidenced by the 12 tournament appearances in 13 years. Are we an elite program? No. Will we ever be with Dixon? Maybe, I honestly don’t know.

    I would like to see how his approach changes now that Pitt is in the ACC and see if they can’t get some higher level talent, shooters and scorers on the squad. At any rate, a lot of programs would kill for a trip to the tournament and one or two wins every year.

    I believe Dixon and this program has reached the ceiling based on the blueprint they are working with and with the approach they take. Unless they are willing to do whatever it takes and bring in some true blue-chip “one and done” type pure scorers then a Final Four championship simply isn’t going to happen. A team full of “program guys” will get you as far as Pitt has gone, and that is okay if people are willing to settle for that.

    If the goal is to reach and win a Final Four….well….then that is going to require some major changes.

  5. Reading says:

    “That blasted out of conference schedule!”– The argument seems to be that Pitt always plays a weak OOC sked, therefore Pitt hasn’t advanced to a Final Four since 1941. Does playing a “tough” OOC sked really make the team better? Duke played in the beginning of the year “big” tournaments against a big wig or two– if I recall correctly. An L to a 14th seed torpedoed their season. Pitt plays in the Maui Classic this year. Hopefully, they get to play Arizona. If they do, will that game really help them win in March? I doubt it.

  6. Reading says:

    My own unscientific observation– Pitt loses in the Tournament each year (and in the regular season home or away) because they go ice cold from the floot and can’t buy a basket for long stretches. That’s usually combined with somebody on the other team shooting lights out well above their normal shooting percentage. That’s the recipe for a Pitt “L.”

  7. Reading says:

    When Pitt has reached the Sweet 16 or the Elite 8, in those years did Pitt play a so-called “tough” out of conference schedule? Is there a direct correleation?

  8. Kekaky says:

    If you witnessed the first half against Colorado, you saw a recipe for Pitt’s success. That was the best ball that I have seen from Pitt “ever”. They used controlled speed, aggressiveness (offensively and defensively), and continuous movement to stymie the Buffs and to create scoring opportunities. Jamie and his team need to watch that first half film continuously until it sinks into their playing style, and then they may become the team they should be. Against most teams, standing around, dribbling, and hoping for good shots seems to be their current style and that just isn’t enough to produce wins against the good teams and create champions.

  9. 21sthebest says:

    Josh Johnson out at least 4-5 weeks with a forearm strain.

  10. JoeyBats says:

    …..I’m a big PITT fan….

    …………and the jury is still out on whether Head Coach, Paul Chryst is a “HIT” :-)

  11. Actually, it was Ben Howland that laid the foundation for the team that his former assistant and now Pitt head coach: Jamie Dixon has been leading to tournaments since 2004, and maybe Ben Howland could return to lead Pitt to glory although that’s unlikely. And then, maybe some other coach could succeed where both Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon have thus far failed, although, knowing Pitt, one can never be sure, although if that ever happened, well, one could never overlook what Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon had done before him.

  12. Steve says:

    This Pitt loss was like so many others. Just couldn’t generate enough offense. Pitino said it best I think yesterday when he said at this point in the season all teams can defend well, you have to have offense too. This Pitt team met or exceeded pre-season expectations. If Steven Adams had stayed and Durand Johnson doesn’t blow his ACL maybe they’re still playing.

    Also, there are other programs who are successful year in and out but college basketball seems to have really achieved a level of parity. Three 12 seeds win in the first round. Mercer over Duke. Harvard! hangs with Michigan State. I’m just not sure everyone who complains about Pitt not getting to a final four realizes just how hard it is. I for one would rather follow a program who wins a lot in the regular season and has some success in the conference and NCAA tourneys than one that makes the NCAA occasionally at most but has that one year they go far. Anyone really think Butler is going to be a factor again anytime soon?

  13. d says:

    Pitt, much like the Pens will not be winning any championships with the coaching staffs they currently have in place. Neither JD or Disco Dani has what it takes to lead and take their respective teams to the next level. And, as always, please “homers” don’t bring up 2009 when Disco Dani was in the right place at the right time and took all the credit for Michel Therrin’s hard work. This Pens team is SOFFFFFF!

  14. Continuity and luck have brought both Pitt and the Pens to the positions they’ve both been in for some time, although we all have tended to wonder what will ever bring either team to the next level of success.

  15. d says:

    Until they can “crack the code” both teams are incredibly painful to watch.

  16. NMR says:

    if only we could be so lucky.

  17. Dcpinpgh says:

    I like coach Dixon. Almost all, if not every, of his players who have stayed have recieved a degree. That shows a lot about the coach’s character and communications skills.

    I cannot remember the last time I thought, “we are going to take a butt beating in this game” Pitt has more then a puncher’s chance in each game. Yeah, sometimes I turn off the tv to watch the paint dry, so I can have some excitement before I turn back to finish the game, but Pitt is almost always still there, in the game

    I think dixon’s biggest problem, is that he thinks he is the smartest basketball mind in every arenas and at every press conference he is in. As we all know, every blogger on this page is the smartest basketball mind around…

  18. Jim S. says:

    But, Dixon has done better at Pitt than Howland did. Howland did well for a few years at UCLA, then flamed out. Plus, he and Dixon are friends. He is not taking Jamie’s job.

  19. One thinks that the main reason why the Pens and Pitt have hesitated to fire their coaches is that it’s hard to argue with their regular season success, plus the fact that they both keep hoping, naturally, that their coaches can somehow lead them beyond that to the promised land and they can’t be sure if anyone else could do that.

  20. DJ says:

    Sean Miller is not coming to Pitt despite those who might want him. He has an enviable situation in Arizona. Featured team in the entire state, solid recruiting base in Arizona and California and then filling in nationally, top pay level and players and administration who love him. Why would he want to leave?

    Tough weekend all around for the ACC, even those with All Americans like NC, Duke and Syracuse.

    I think Jamie’s recruiting is on the upswing and Rohrssen has been a big help. They’ve got some talent on the way. What I would not mind seeing is something he and Howland did in their earlier years at Northern Arizona when their philosophy was “recruit to shoot.” Mav Rowan certainly fits that bill but still two years away.

  21. Thundercrack says:

    After yesterday’s Spring Training game at McKechnie Field I decided to walk to the back of the stadium to see if anyone was practicing on the back field. I saw Clint Hurdle giving his post game interview with reporters. (there were a bunch of fans standing behind the fence). Right as Clint was finished up come walking AJ Burnett in street clothes. He and Clint hugged a few times -and gave each other a couple of fist-bumps. AJ greeted a couple of trainers and Jared Hughes. I noticed he was respectful and didn’t go into the Pirates’ clubhouse. FC was walking to the parking lot, stopped and shook hands and chatted with AJ. Fans were shouting things like “Thanks for helping us AJ” / “We’re going to miss you AJ”. It was a really nice scene. (by the way, AJ looks like he could pitch for another 2 years. Dressed in street clothes he looks like he is in really good shape. He probably doesn’t have to worry about getting fat. And he’s tall)

    AJ was signing a bunch of autographs and posing for pictures with people behind the fence. Again, it was a really nice scene.

    Then I witnessed the unruly fan who ‘taunted him. The guy was standing right next to me on the deck. He yelled “for another $4 million you would have left your wife”. It took maybe half a second for AJ to turn around and yell back at the guy “come down here and say that to me. Come say that too my face”. He was pointing up – and luckily not at me. The guy, who was probably mid/upper 50’s, yelled back “I’m not coming down there.” Then he did go down. I stayed put. After a minute or two I walked down and saw the police escorting the guy away and AJ yelled was yelling through the fence “don’t ever talk about my wife”.

    AJ went back to signing autographs and posing for pictures. The police had the guy sitting in a chair and it seemed like they were giving him a citation or something.

    Quite a scene that didn’t last all that long, but seemed to go from 0 to 60 very very quickly.

  22. Thundercrack says:

    Erik Bedard, come on down!

  23. DJ says:

    Speaking of shooters, the kid from NY — Damon Wilson — has a pure stroke, but also another year away as a 2015 recruit. Since Nate Archibald and continuing to John Wall, have always loved watching lefty point guards.

    Assuming commitments are honored, two years from now Pitt’s mediocre outside shooting may be a distant memory.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks, Jim!

    1st ever State title for New Castle. :D

  25. SeanE says:

    Nice article DK. I will be the first to admit I am a rabid Pitt fan and alum. I have been disappointed by some of our failures in the NCAA tournament. That said, I would not trade Jamie for just about any other coach in the country. One thing you did not touch on was that Jamie will not sacrifice his principles for the sake of winning. He recruits good kids. It is no coincidence that Pitt led the acc in academic all Americans. This in a conference with elite academic universities. Pitt always wins (maybe not as much as we would like) and does it the right way. No academic suspensions, no hint of scandal in over 10 years and yet we compete every year and NCAA tournament visits are now the norm. How many schools can say this? Sure there are some who would sell their soul and hire a coach who cares only about winning, ethics be dammed…..Bruce Pearl anyone? Not me. I take pride on doing things the right way and apparently so do Chancellor Nordenberg and AD Pedderson. If that means we don’t compete for a national title every year so be it. Are there coaches out there who do what Jamie does and do it better? Sure. But I can probably count them on one hand.

  26. Andrew says:

    Well, Jameson Taillon is currently sidelined with what he describes as “a little bit of elbow discomfort.”

  27. Andrew says:

    “Bylsma took credit for all of Therrien’s hard work,” will you be telling jokes all day?

  28. Brandie says:

    Dear Plan,

    I read that New Castle finally won the big one. My reaction…the plan worked, 100% to fruition! May all of your plans work too.

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You, Brandimal.
    I hope this chilly Sunday finds you doing well.


  30. Brandie says:

    It is a struggle Plance Berkman, but I am in it to win it. I don’t want to let anyone in any of my many families or myself down.

  31. cherokee23 says:

    Thanks for sharing this, TC

  32. theplanisworking says:


    Hang in there, kid.

  33. Jason81 says:

    He better keep ear muffs in his back pocket for any trip back to the dugout in Philly after a poor inning.

  34. Jason81 says:

    “As we all know, every blogger on this page is the smartest basketball mind around…”

    And smartest hockey mind…and baseball mind…and football mind (obviously).

  35. ken robertson says:

    There may be 20 coaches in the country better than Jamie Dixon (and they are not coming here) but there are 500 that are not as good as he is.

  36. theplanisworking says:

    As Jim and Brandie referenced above, New Castle won the PIAA State title last night, 52-39 over LaSalle College. It is New Castle’s first State title. The team lost 3 starters from last year, including Navy recruit Shawn Anderson, and really wasn’t expected to do go far this year.

    For as nice as this is as a sports story, there is much back-story to New Castle’s win.
    New Castle is my hometown. Wonderful place growing up…….. hard-working and very proud people. Sports has always been a huge thing in New Castle…… used to take great joy beating the “Pittsburgh’ teams…… along with Farrell, those 2 towns used to dominate football and basketball.

    But now, New Castle is a shell of its’ former self. Population has really declined, factories shut down, and crime and drugs are the rule of the day. New Castle School District is an “at-risk” district, where 47% of the kids fail standardized tests, and the state is monitoring the yearly progress. There also is a high dropout rate, and it is easy for kids to fall into the wrong crowd.

    Coach Blundo is a vice-principal at the school. He has to deal with disciplinary issues all day, then coach. The school puts academic standards on all its athletes, not an easy task in an at-risk district. So for as much as it gives me pride that the kids won last night, it gives me more pride knowing that these same kids are making the right choices, staying in school, and succeeding there. Always a great thing when the Aliquippas, Clairtons, and New Castles of the world succeed…………. because those kids are behind the 8 ball in so many regards before they even step onto an athletic field/court.

    And, Milo, we have a real Public School champion this year!!!!!!!

  37. Brandie says:

    Amen Plan. The real success is keeping the eyes on the pride and never giving up. I think that Jim Galvani message resonated in this case.

  38. Brandie says:

    Stupid tablet…Valvano!

  39. Arriba Wilver says:


  40. Arriba Wilver says:

    Good stuff, TC.

  41. Arriba Wilver says:

    Nice backstory, Plan.

  42. PetroSteel says:

    Gee, did you ever think that just maybe, just maybe…Florida was the better team? A great coach gets everything out of the group of kids that he has. Dixon does that every year. That’s a great coach! Recruiting? Could it be better? Sure it could? But did you notice that Florida started 4 seniors yesterday? That’s tough to beat and it’s tough to have 4 solid seniors start every year. Not many in the country can do that? Only so many scholarships. Dixon is a solid coach. I wouldn’t want to loose him!

  43. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks AW.

    I root for these kids so much.
    Many of them will secure scholarships……. which is amazing. :)

  44. JAL says:

    Florida was the better team. There is a reason they are the number 1 seed in the tournament.

  45. Jim S. says:

    That’s really great. I loved hearing the coach’s comments about how they may not have the most talent individually, but when you put kids together who only care about each other and about winning you can end up with the best team.

  46. Jim S. says:

    Be well, Brandie.

  47. Jim S. says:

    John Lucas (the father – Maryland) was another great lefty PG, DJ.

  48. Jim S. says:

    Glasnow and Meadows also out to start the season. None of the injuries are thought to be serious at present, but all 3 are out nonetheless.

  49. Jim S. says:

    We just know nothing about soccer. :-)

  50. Jim S. says:

    So, when that fan that yelled nasty things at the OK St. player a month or so ago said he was not going to any more basketball games this year, I guess he found something else to do with his time.

  51. Jim S. says:

    Good stuff, Sean. Did they have the most Academic All Americans in the ACC across all sports? Or, are you just referring to basketball?

  52. Jim S. says:

    + many, plan.

  53. Jim S. says:

    And, they will end up leading the other scholarship kids on their college teams.

  54. Brandie says:

    Sean…good stuff. So many times in so may walks of life, people sell their souls for the brass ring resulting in empty meaningless victories and young men and women ill prepared to deal with adversity. Hopefully Pitt will be able to savor the sweet taste of a championship by continuing to have consistent coaching and recruiting kids and administrators of character. Thanks for reminding all of what is important.

  55. Brandie says:

    +many to you too Jim Johnson (former d man of the Penguins) .

  56. Scott says:

    The question to ask is this: If Pitt had played tougher out of conference opponents in previous years, would they have gotten higher tourney seeds, and thus reached the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 more often than they did?

  57. Jim S. says:

    There’s a giant slayer still alive in the NCAA tourney. They took down OSU on Thurs., and followed that up by taking down Syracuse yesterday in a hostile environment in Buffalo. My Dayton Flyers are Sweet 16 bound for the first time since I was a freshman there in 1984. They generally have good teams most years, but not good enough to get this far.

    Most likely, Kansas is up next on Thursday in Memphis. If the improbable happens in that game, Florida lurks after that for the Flyers. They might have won their last game of the year yesterday, but it has been a fun ride. Incidentally, Dayton is led by Sean Miller’s little brother, Archie …. for now!

    I root like crazy for Pitt, always. But, since I went to a mid-major, I have a soft spot for those teams in the tourney – the Steven F. Austins, etc. I watched the press conference after N Dakota St. was eliminated yesterday in their 2nd game. Seeing the outpouring of emotion from their coach as he talked about his seniors was something special for me. I’ll always root for a school like that.

    College basketball is a great equalizer sport. If you can share the ball and shoot the ball, and work hard on defense, you have a chance against anyone.

  58. Jim S. says:

    Right back atcha, Brandie.

  59. SeanE says:

    Just Basketball. Duke blew everyone away in football. But I believe Pitt was tied for second.

  60. d says:

    Fact my friend!

  61. d says:

    Amen, brother :)

  62. Baywatch says:

    Morning, All! DAMON is currently DISTANCING me, Jim S. and Cosmo in my Bucco Bloggers Bracket Challenge! If I get a leg up from Stephen F. Austin today, I could ROCKET ISMAIL to the top! :-)

  63. Florida is now 35-2 and has won 28 straight, so the Gators have to be doing something right.

  64. Baywatch says:

    Well-Put, Jim … and from henceforth, MY FAVORITE DAYTON ALUM! :-)

  65. Andrew says:

    Hahahahaha, yeah no, thoroughly divorced from fact and reality. 2008-09 Penguins under both coaches.

    Therrien: GF/G 2.93; GA/G 3.02; SF/G 27.3; SA/G 31 ShotDiff/G -3.7; Corsi/G -6.68
    Blysma: GF/G 3.64; GA/G 2.44; SF/G 33; SA/G 28.7 ShotDiff/G +4.3; Corsi/G 2.72

    There are reasonable criticisms to make against Blysma’s management and system this is not one of them.

  66. d says:


    So, with basically the same cast of characters Disco Dani’s mere presence and oh yeah, his “system” transformed them into Stanley Cup champions? Paleeeeeeese! What then has happened ever since?

  67. Andrew says:

    Glasnow and Meadows do not sound bad, but I elbow discomfort is never good not matter how minor the player/organizations attempts to claim.

  68. hockeymonster says:

    Hope the pens have their smelling salts ready and keep their heads.

  69. hockeymonster says:

    Oh boy…here comes the hammer in 3…2…1….

  70. d says:

    1 and 3 quarters, 1 and a half, 1 and a quarter….

  71. Andrew says:

    Transformed them into champions, no, playoffs are too random and prone to chance to give an individual coach/player a major amount of the credit.

    However, Blysma made the Penguins into a significantly better team, the Corsi Tied/G difference between Therrien and Blysma was 6.19/G, that is equivalent to the difference between the 4th best team the Capitals, at 3.05/G and the 2nd worst team Atlanta, at -3.21/G for that season. The idea that Blysma walked in a finished a project that Therrien constructed is patently false.

  72. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Bay. I won’t ask if I’m the only Dayton alum you know of, but I think I know the answer. :-)

  73. d says:

    So, you are basing your whole “argument” on these Corsi numbers??? That’s IT? That’s your answer???

    I envision DB’s first meeting with the team went like this: Hi, my name is Dan, I’m your new coach and my system is pretty simple. Everything Therrien had you doing is the same the only difference is that I want one guy to hang out by the red line at all times. Don’t worry about defense. I like to call this system “the stretch pass” system. Any questions???? :)

  74. Baywatch says:

    You’re the only Dayton alum I KNOW! But I know OF a few great basketball alums like … didn’t all those sharp-shooting brothers go there? The one was a guard on a lot of those great Michael Jordan Bulls teams, and I think hit the championship shot one year … I’ll have to look his name up now … Oh, Paxson! Am I right on that, a Dayton alum? And I remember a long time ago, when I was a young teen in the ’60s, didn’t they have a horse named Mix, who had a very serviceable career in the NBA? Big man? And I think he played on a championship team with the ’76ers.

  75. Andrew says:

    Well that and their records Blysma: 18-3-4, .800 Point%, Therrien: 27-25-5 .518 Points%, getting consistently outshot is not a sustainable winning formula. I do not think Bylsma is some genesis , and there are many arguments that can be made against him, at times tactically stubborn, seems to favor certain players despite evidence of struggling play. But the idea that Therrien constructed the cup winning team a piece of revisionist history not founded in fact.

    If you want to completely fault Bylsma for every playoff failure at least give him credit for the success.

    Therrien has won one playoff series outside the 2008 playoffs, were the Penguins beat a 6, 5, 7, seed and got one the best sustained performances from Fluery, at level of play he has not equaled since.

  76. Baywatch says:

    I see it was the one with the Bulls older brother, Jim, who played at Dayton. And, OOPS, Steve Mix went to Toledo.

  77. Arriba Wilver says:

    One of the things I like about the NCAA’s is you get to see some REALLY good players, which at least for me is something new beyond the couple teams I follow. Like Wilbekin yesterday and Craft in Ohio State’s loss. I know guys like Ennis and Parker because I’ve seen them, but that’s about it.

  78. d says:

    Point that I am trying to make is that the time Therrien coached was as important if not more so than the time DB spent right at the end of that season. Like it or not, MT taught the Pens defense and discipline among other things. DB did not walk into a total reclamation project, he had as they say “good bones” to work with. I don’t dispute that Disco Dani didn’t something to the table when he arrived. I think the main reason why the Pens decided to shake things up when they did was because they knew any time a team changes coaches, the team usually responds positively. Hence, the “perfect storm” for Disco Dani to walk into.

  79. Andrew says:

    I generally think coaches receive too much credit blame, but Therrien is not a good coach, his teams are usually outshot, and require elite goal tending to succeed. His solution for the Penguins who were languishing in 10th was to bring out the Montreal 1-2-2 trap.

    Additionally, Therrien’s Penguins teams were not defensively sound; Blysma improved the 2008-09 team, and improved the following year in terms of shots against and shot attempts against. The 2010-11 2011-12 teams were near the top of the league in SA/G and CorsiA/G. I think fans forget this because of the disastrous loss to the Flyers and last year’s team defensive frailties.

    I am not a Bylsma apologist and I think he is one terrible playoff exit from finding work elsewhere. But if fans want to fault him for the playoffs losses you have to credit him for the success to have a logically consistent argument.

  80. d says:

    I am not a Bylsma fan at all and think he is waaaaay overrated! I also think MT didn’t get enough credit for the positive things he did bring to the Pens when he was there. He seems to be doing a pretty good job with a much less talented Montreal team this year. We’ll see who has the better playoffs this year? I think we can both agree to disagree.

  81. Andrew says:

    We are arguing over sports so in the end it does really matter. Therrien can get results when he has a top five goalie and Blysma is not a coaching savant, but I think he is competent, maybe less so of late. I just disagree with the segment of Pens’ fans who paint him as a buffoon.

  82. Reading says:

    I’m thinking that Kansas needs to play a tougher out-of-conference schedue.

  83. d says:

    LOL! You’re right arguing about sport really is important :) I view the fact that they had to bring in a defensive guru in J Martin akin to moving Niskanen or Maata to babysit Scuderi. JM is here to babysit Disco Dani. But, whatever, like I said earlier, let the playoffs be the deciding factor.

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